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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

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Cliff Christl joining Packers, packers.com as historian

Posted Feb 4, 2014

Longtime Wisconsin sports writer wants to attract Ken Burns documentary


GREEN BAY—Cliff Christl, one of the most esteemed journalists to have covered the Packers in the team’s history, is joining the Packers and packers.com to become the franchise’s official historian.

“I think they’ve hired me to tell the greatest story in sports, and that’ll be my privilege,” Christl said.

Christl worked as a sportswriter for four Wisconsin newspapers during a career that spanned 36 years, and spent much of that time writing about the Packers. A native of Green Bay, Christl began covering the team on a regular basis in 1974.

Greatest story in sports?

“What beats it? The only other candidate is the Jackie Robinson story and the integration of professional sports,” Christl said.

“I grew up with it. I went to a couple of ballgames at Old City Stadium. I went to just about every game during the Lombardi years and haven’t missed many since. When I was working at the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel, I researched a couple of stories on Packers history and got enamored with it. I spent time poring through microfilm and that led to a couple of stories for the Journal Sentinel and then the Trail and now this.”

Christl is the creator of the Packers Heritage Trail, which includes 22 commemorative plaques and a spectacular downtown Green Bay plaza that tell about the rich history of the Packers over their first 50 years. Packers history has become Christl’s passion and in his new role he will work “to preserve an accurate history of the Green Bay Packers, and I truly believe that has never been done,” he said.

“So much of that early history is muddled, for a number of reasons. It’ll benefit the organization to have that on record. A lot of holes need to be filled in,” Christl added.

“It’s primarily the start of the franchise. I don’t think anyone knows for sure how it took place. I’m aware of some things that took place and I’m hopeful to fill in a few more holes and tell that story on the website. You don’t want to re-write history, and I don’t think that’ll be necessary, but somehow there’s a way to separate urban legend.”

With packers.com, Christl will develop a presence by contributing with blogs and providing other offerings to the site’s expanded coverage of Packers history.

“It’s been my hobby. There are simply great stories,” he said, using the story of Rigs Dwyer as an example. “He played on the first team in 1919 and was working for the railroad. One night he fell under a train car, lost an arm and a leg and the Packers and the community organized a benefit game.

“If I have one dream out of all of this, it’s that Ken Burns realizes the substance and does a documentary on this franchise,” Christl said.

Christl has served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 2002, and is also a member of the Packers Hall of Fame selection committee. In addition, he has authored or co-authored three books about the Packers: A Championship Team: The Packers and St. Norbert College in the Lombardi Years; Mudbaths & Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry; and The Twenty-Five Greatest Moments in Lambeau Field History.

A career that began at the Manitowoc Herald-Times, Christl spent close to 16 years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and 20 at The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He won numerous awards for his work, including being named sportswriter of the year in Wisconsin seven times. Twice, in 1999 and 2001, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association honored him in Salisbury, N.C., for writing the best national sports story. Three times in the 1990s, he placed in the enterprise reporting category in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest. He also won two Milwaukee Press Club awards for best state sports story and a Wisconsin Newspaper Association award for best state sports column.

Christl was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “friend of basketball” in 2006 and was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a special citation category in 2007. In 2009, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

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